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Andrew Lebovich


Trying to Understand MUJWA

[Map of the Tuareg rebellion in Azawad, Northern Mali showing rebel attacks as of 5 April 2012. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

Since it first burst onto the scene in December 2011, the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (generally MUJWA in English, or MUJAO in French) has been a difficult group to pin down. The group was originally characterized as a “dissident” faction of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), though its actions have raised a number of possible contradictions and open questions (laid out admirably along with excellent background here, here, ...

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Andrew Lebovich is a Washington D.C.-based researcher focused on the Sahel and North Africa. He co-edits the blog al-Wasat.